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Four Classic Albums (Focus / The Soft Swing / West Coast Jazz / Cool Velvet) [Remastered]
 
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Four Classic Albums (Focus / The Soft Swing / West Coast Jazz / Cool Velvet) [Remastered]

6 May 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 May 2012
  • Label: AVID Entertainment
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 AVID Ltd
  • Total Length: 2:34:33
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  • ASIN: B0080TOQ3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,913 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Avid have produced another budget compilation of four Getz albums on 2 discs with digital remastering producing superb sound. (Focus and Cool Velvet were recorded in stereo). They vary in style but the common denominator is the sublime tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
Some of these have been presented in various forms over the years (Focus,The Soft Swing,West Coast Jazz). What we have here is the core of the classic albums.

1: FOCUS. Recorded in New York over 3 months late 1961 and released in 1962. Composed and arranged by Eddie Sauter and the orchestra conducted by Hershy Kay. There were no written parts for Getz, his improvisation gliding above the strings.
He is in stunning form. From his entrance on 'I'm Late-I'm Late', this is clearly special. The track tacks together the only 2 takes of the composition. Whether taking the faster 'Night Rider', or the delicate ballads 'Her' (dedicated to Stan's mother), 'I Remember When' and 'A Summer Afternoon', Stan is masterful. This was apparently the album that Stan Getz was most proud of.

2: THE SOFT SWING. These tracks were the last recorded by Stan before he left America for Copenhagen. The numbers are the New York recordings (July 1957) that appeared on one side of the original release (plus Pocono Mac). Mose Allison(p), Addison Farmer(b),Jerry Segal(d). The other side of the original was recorded in Hollywood with different backing. Getz takes the reins with a highly individual 'All The Things You Are' and a fine interpretation of the much-recorded 'To The Ends Of The Earth'. Mose Allison plays some earthy 12 bar piano on 'Down Beat'.

3: WEST COAST JAZZ. These numbers were amongst those played in Zardi's, a leading jazz club in Hollywood. Conte Condoli(t), Lou Levy(p),Leroy Vinnegar(b), Shelley Manne(d).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Perkins on 8 Nov. 2012
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Four Classic Albums (Focus / The Soft Swing / West Coast Jazz / Cool Velvet)
Stan Getz was the best tenor jazz player I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. His place in jazz history is cemented in all the wonderful albums he recorded. These four albums represent just a small part of that jazz history. From 1952 onwards, Stan was involved in many superb jazz albums, playing with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Shelly Manne and a host of other wonderful musicians. For that great dinner party, you would be hard-pushed to beat "Cool Velvet". I've used it on many occasions and it's amazing how the youngsters quickly get 'tuned' into the music, asking questions about this great artist. It's one of my choices to get them to listen to more albums of the great American Music scene.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
This double-disc set presents the original contents of four vinyl albums, the earliest being "West Coast Jazz" which dates from August 1955. Stan had been fronting a group at Zardi's in Hollywood, which comprised Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar and Shelley Manne, and the quintet was such a success that a recording session followed. Stan really blows up a storm on "Shine" but his leathery tone dominates the proceedings throughout. "The Soft Swing" was recorded two years later, with Mose Allison on piano, Addison Farmer on bass and Jerry Segal on drums. "Cool Velvet" was recorded in West Germany in March 1960 with a string orchestra conducted by Russell Garcia. Jazz it may not be, but who cares? Finally, "Focus" comes from late 1961, and features Stan improvising against a string orchestra playing arrangements by Eddie Sauter. Of all his recordings, and there were many, this was Stan's favourite. "Cool Velvet" and "Focus" were both recorded in stereo, and the sound quality is quite breathtaking.
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